ERIC Number: ED402604
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
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Teaching to the Camera: Learning Long Distance.
Dallas, Phyllis Surrency; Franklin, Marie L.
A study examined a joint service project undertaken by two Georgia State University (GSU) English department faculty members interested in studying distance learning technology. GSU's system uses fiber optics and technology to connect learners at a remote site to a teacher. The project involved assisting in preparing gifted students in grades 6-8 to write a research paper for the annual social science fair. The three sessions included: making topic choices; explaining paraphrasing, quoting, and plagiarism, bibliography and works-cited entries; and presenting document forms and exercises for the students to complete. Results of student surveys indicated that over half the students believed that the level of attentiveness and participation was the same as in regular class, but 8 out of 15 indicated that they had to listen more carefully than normal. The survey also included five differently worded questions about student enjoyment or interest. Also, 66% of the students responded that they found the distance learning environment more interesting than other classes; 13 out of 15 indicated that they enjoyed the class and would like to take another and that instruction was very clear; and all said that it helped them with their social science research project. Instructors found that questions involving personnel and finances for these projects arose, as did pedagogy issues raised by this type of teaching. Distance learning enrichment activities can supplement regular classroom instruction and may help vanquish students' fears about college professors and their teaching practices. (Student survey form is appended.) (CR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
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